tell the time

idiom

British
: to be able to know what time it is by looking at a clock
My son is just learning to tell the time.

Examples of tell the time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the show is over, the butterflies return to tell the time quietly again. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2024 His dominant contribution was teaching computers how to tell the time. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 Unlike traditional minute repeaters, which chime the hours, quarter hours, and minutes to audibly tell the time, the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater chimes the hours, 10-minute intervals, and minutes. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 24 Oct. 2023 By simply looking around the garden, a knowledgeable gardener could tell the time of day. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2012 Until now, there was no way to tell the time anywhere on the YouTube TV user interface. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 Nov. 2022 For decades, the UK, like almost every other country, has relied on global navigation satellite systems—signals from satellites orbiting in space—to tell the time accurately. WIRED, 27 Aug. 2022 This futuristic digital clock does more than just tell the time. Bianca Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 6 July 2022 The Garmin Vivomove series offers sporty watches that look like normal watches, complete with moving arms to tell the time. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022

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“Tell the time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tell%20the%20time. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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